The Vision, Mission, and “Massive Transformational Purpose” of the Global Future Education Foundation and Institute is CIVILIZATION-LEVEL CHANGE IN EDUCATION through EMPOWERMENT TO BETTER THEIR WORLD.
We all want our kids to be educated. What’s changing is what an education is and what “being educated” means.
“She showed me I could take my dreams as seriously as I wanted.”
–James Franco, student of Esther Wojcicki
The alternative we advocate is moving :
FROM our current “academic education” whose primary end is to improve individuals (no matter what its bells and whistles),
TO an “empowering education whose primary end is to improve the world”—from the perspective of each individual— (and to improve individuals in the process.)
We want to convince people, around the world, that there is a better, fundamental alternative to the kind of “education” offered almost universally to kids in the world today.
Some schools are cages and some schools are wings —Rubem Alves (Brazil)
Schools that are cages make the birds forget how to fly. Caged birds are under control. Caged birds can be taken anywhere. Caged birds always have an owner. Caged birds are not birds anymore. Because they lost the essence of being a bird: they forgot how to fly.
Schools that are wings do not love caged birds. They love the birds when they are flying. Those schools encourage the birds to fly. They cannot teach them how to fly because this happens inside the birds when they are born. The flight cannot be taught. It can only be encouraged.
We want all kids to have wings, and to fly toward bettering their world.
Math, English (or local language), science, and social studies (“The MESS”) is no longer the right foundation of – or primary organization of – education for all.
Rather, the univeral skills of Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships, and Effective Accomplishment are the basic overarching and underlying foundation for life, and therefore for education. Further, each of those categories is composed of universal, acquireable, life-long skills that all individuals should strive to master throughout their schooling and life – applying those skills to activities that they are good at, that better their world, and that they love to do:
We DO NOT believe that any particular approach, or school, or system, is “right,” or will “scale,” in the same sense that a product can. In fact, viewing education as a “product” is wrong. Because education is so local, and even individual, we need thousands and even millions of individualized and contextualized approaches.
But we DO believe that there is a small “umbrella of essentials” that defines the kind of education we promote:
-Empowerment of all kids, through real-world accomplishment
-Enabling and encouraging all kids to Better Their World while they are still students.
-Helping kids acquire the universal skills of Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships and Effective Accomplishment